November 13, 2015

13 Freaky Facts About Friday 13th

#1 The number 13 There are many origins behind the “unlucky” number 13: In Christianity, Judas Iscariot (the disciple who betrayed Jesus) was the 13th to take his place at the table. Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful moon mission. Traditionally, there used to be 13 steps leading up to the gallows. The list goes […]

#1 The number 13

the number 13
There are many origins behind the “unlucky” number 13:

  • In Christianity, Judas Iscariot (the disciple who betrayed Jesus) was the 13th to take his place at the table.
  • Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful moon mission.
  • Traditionally, there used to be 13 steps leading up to the gallows.

The list goes on…


#2 It’s a legitimate phobia

Phobias
Fear of Friday 13th is called “friggatriskaidekaphobia” and more than 60 million people are affected worldwide. Some will skip work, not drive cars or simply stay in bed on this day.


#3 Alfred Hitchcock was born on Friday 13th

Alfred Hitchcock
That’s right, the original king of horror was born on Friday the 13th of August, 1899.


#4 Lucky for some…

Friday 13th movie series
Most notably, Hollywood. The Friday the 13th movie franchise (ironically consisting of only 12 films) made a total of $457,370,131 at the box office worldwide.


#5 2012 was a bad time for friggatriskaidekaphobians

Friday 13th Calendar
Not only were there 3 Friday 13th’s in one year, they occurred in January, April and July—with exactly 13 weeks in between each. Good thing it wasn’t 2013!


#6 There’s at least 1 every year

Friday the 13th calender date
The longest we can go without a Friday 13th is 14 months. Yes, 14 months. 14. Is anyone else’s OCD senses tingling?


#7 Famous Friday 13th tragedy

Uruguay Ruby team plane
On Friday 13th of October, 1972, the Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed into the Andes mountain range. Out of the 45 people on board, 16 of them survived and were eventually rescued 2 months after the crash.


#8 It’s not just Friday the 13th

number 17
Although this is the unlucky date in most Western culture, Hispanic and Greek culture believe Tuesday the 13th to be the unlucky date. In Italy, Friday the 17th is the day of bad luck.


#9 Apparently the date affects technology too

IBM logo on computer
On January 13th 1989, the “Friday the 13th virus” infected hundreds of IBM computers across Britain, wiping program files and causing a lot of worry in a time when computer viruses were a new threat.


#10 According to the British medical Journal…

British Medical Journal
L0027199 British Medical Journal, June 2,1917 Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Page of text. The Development of British Surgery at the Front. British Medical Journal Published: June 2nd, 1917 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

British Medical Journal Script
There is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents on Friday the 13th.


#11 Buildings are superstitious too!

elevator buttons
What no number 13? What is this world coming to?

There are many hospitals that don’t have a Room 13. Some airports don’t have a Gate 13, and many high-rise buildings completely skip level 13.


#12 And another Friday 13th tragedy

Cyclone
500,000 people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday 13th of November, 1970 in one of the most catastrophic cyclones in natural history.


#13 And there’s more to come…

Ring of debris around planet
Fast forward to Friday 13th, 2029. Asteroid 99942 Apophis is forecasted to pass earth at a closer distance than any of our orbiting satellites. Okay.


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